What campaign was President “Composite” Obama talking about today in Ohio? He makes it sound as though he was Jimmy Stewart or something — struggling with no money to win one for the little people. You know, a regular Mr. Smith Goes to the State House with only friends and family at his side.
Listen to this nonsense:
Despite the cynicism and the negativism, you know, what I think about is my first race. When I was first running for state senate, I couldn’t afford television commercials. And Michelle and I we used to go door to door – pass out fliers that we had printed out at Kinko’s. And we and our friends and family members, we’d march in 4th of July parades and it is was hard work.
Oh, so now Obama is opposed to cynicism and negativism. Because back in 1996 when he was running for this seat he used all kinds of cynicism and negativism to community organize his Democratic opponents right off the ticket.
In his first race for office, seeking a state Senate seat on Chicago’s gritty South Side in 1996, Obama effectively used election rules to eliminate his Democratic competition.
As a community organizer, he had helped register thousands of voters. But when it came time to run for office, he employed Chicago rules to invalidate the voting petition signatures of three of his challengers.
The move denied each of them, including incumbent Alice Palmer, a longtime Chicago activist, a place on the ballot. It cleared the way for Obama to run unopposed on the Democratic ticket in a heavily Democrat district.
Obama then struggled so darn hard to, you know, run unopposed in the kind of district where if you win the Democratic nomination you win the general election — which he did with over 80% of the vote.
Obama talking about how he didn’t have the money to run commercials is a startlingly deceptive way to tell the story of his first foray into Chicago politics. You don’t need to appear in commercials or 4th of July parades to beat your Democratic opponents senseless with election rules in order to have them disqualified from the ballot — which is exactly how he won the election.
You can bet the media will ignore this “fabulist” tale just as they have all the three dozen others.
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